I've began training about a year ago, and I've always been working chest/arms/legs, but I forgot about abs. I'd like to start working on them, but I just know a few exercises and don't know if they are the most effective. So, I'd like to know what you think are the most effectives exercises for abs and why? Thanks a lot
your diet can help your abs what's it like?
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I do 5 different ab exercises. The two most effective I have found are:
Weighted Situps - I lay down and slide my feet under 2 dumbells, then lay two dumbells next to me. Pick them up, and rest them on my shoulders. Then I do situps. You can progress with this. For example you can start with 40lbs, then onto 50lbs, 60, 100, etc.. If you can do these on a decline bench it would probably be alot better.
Twisting Crunches - Same as above, but I do a twisting crunch movement. You will find you will have to use less weight for these. Again a decline bench be better.
My abs are huge compared to the rest of me so I guess they work pretty well. And I don't think it's genetics cause everyone in my family is weak.
Edit: And yea as getfit said, you won't be able to see them unless your bf is low.
Last edited by Dedicated; 06-25-2005 at 10:37 PM.
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Russian twists (see twisting crunces)
Crunches, old fashioned but effective
Connecters- lay flat on back with arms stretched fully out, so your body is in a straight line. Then lift your feet and legs straight up and bring your fingers to touch your feet, so you've "connected" them. They're brutal and fun
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Oh cool never heard of those. I do leg raises but never thought about doing them like that, sounds alot harder.
Originally Posted by Nick Hatfield
It depends upon what you are looking to do.
Get a six pack- go weighted sit-ups of some sort, but overall it's going to depend upon your diet.
Just strengthen your core- L-sits, toes to bar, knees to elbows, unanchored sit-ups, windshield wipers. Key here is variety.
Yeah, they're also called V-Ups.
For abs exercizes there's millions of them. However, doing those won't get you a six pak. Why do you do benches, or curls or squats? Bigger muscles. How do you make them actually show? Diet and cardio.
Summary: Do as many abs routines as you want to, but to get them to show, eat right and do cardio and do abs exercises
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As I did say, if the goal is to get a six pack or have them show, the key IS diet. The other exercises I mentioned were for the purpose of having a *strong* core, not just abs.